Thursday, August 3, 2000,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Forms for board supplementary exams
Tribune News Service

SAS NAGAR, Aug 2 — The Punjab School Education Board has fixed August 11 as the last date for receipt of admission forms without late fee in respect of re-appear and compartment candidates who were to appear in the tenth and 10+2 class supplementary examination scheduled to be held in September this year. A spokesman of the board said today that late fee of Rs 100 would be charged for acceptance of admission forms by August 16, with late Rs 300 by August 22 and Rs 500 by August 28.


SBI man files papers for Senate poll
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 2 — A representative of the State Bank Of India, Mr Sanjeev Bandlish, filed his nomination for the Panjab University Senate elections, here today.

He was accompanied by a huge procession that passed through Sector 17, local Head Office of the SBI and Sector 16 before arriving at the university.

At the university, he addressed his supporters, mostly employees of the bank from branches all over Punjab and Haryana.



Sector 38 school needs attention
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 2 — All is not well with Government Senior Secondary School, Daddu Majra (Sector 38, West). The school is working under insanitary and unhygienic conditions, thanks to the dumping grounds located adjacent to the colony. The school, catering to the needs of students from nearby colonies, poses a challenge for the teachers who have to tell the students time and again to come to the school.

The teachers in the school say that the water is unfit for consumption as whenever they drink it they suffer from gastric problems. Now they have started carrying water with them from their places to do away with the health-related problems.

The teachers in the school also say that they are already suffering from many skin problems as the air currents carry contents of the dumping grounds up to the school premises. Respiratory problems are again a very common phenomenon among the teachers. They say that there is always a danger lurking on their health.

The students of the school who are the residents of nearby colonies suffer from various diseases. A doctor present in the government dispensary says that they suffer from diseases like respiratory infection, worm infestation and skin allergies.

The approach road to the school is in bad condition. Come rains and the school has to function in the slushy conditions as rain water gets collected inside the premises of the school, resulting in a slush. It becomes very difficult to walk on the approach road due to slush all-round.

A teacher on condition of anonymity says that the classrooms on the top floor leak during the rains. It is very difficult to teach under such conditions.

No emphasis is laid by the school on the upkeep of the playground and lawns. There exists a field of wild vegetation in the name of lawns here. It seems that these have not been mowed for months together. Garbage is littered here and there in the school.

In the playground of the school, patches of congress grass are seen here and there. There stands a basket ball pole without a basket in a dilapidated condition in the playground.

The residents of the colony are also to be blamed for some reasons. They take away the fencing whenever it is fixed by the authorities on the walls. The taps installed for drinking water are also stolen by intruders who enter the school premises during night after removing the iron fencing.

Formation of MC welcomed
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, Aug 2 — The Gram Vikas Samiti has welcomed the decision of the Haryana Government to form the municipal council in the town. The samiti said the MC would help achieve the objectives of the 74th Amendment (1992) to the Indian Constitution.

The villagers whose land come under the ambit of the muncipality will benefit by the decision, while the houses built in the periphery will be regularised. The MC will be competent to approve the housing or town planning schemes to regulate development.


City government colleges overstaffed?
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 2 — Following a survey done by the office of the Director Public Instruction, Colleges, early this year, 39 posts of lecturer in various government colleges of the city were declared surplus. With the new session about to begin, the question of teaching staff strength has gained importance.

This assessment was done on the basis of the number of students enrolled for particular subjects in the colleges. At a meeting of the Principals of government colleges of Chandigarh held under the chairmanship of the DPI on April 5, the colleges were apprised of the situation as far as over staffing in their colleges is concerned.

The matter regarding the requirement of the staff on the basis of student enrolment has been pending for some years. This assessment was one of the first to have been done in Chandigarh. Eleven filled posts were found surplus in Government College, Sector 11, 10 in Government College for Girls, Sector 11, two in Government College for Girls, Sector 42 and none in Government College, Sector 46.

The rest were vacant posts. The DPI has converted some of these vacant posts into other subjects and shifted them among these colleges. Some lecturers have been transferred to other colleges where there is requirement for a lecturer in that subject while others are to be adjusted.

The staff strength in the colleges of Chandigarh is assessed as per the Panjab University norms which say that one section of students is created for a strength of 80 students or part thereof in theory and of 20 students for practical groups. Also, a lecturer is required to take 24 periods per week of 45 minutes duration and the Head of the Department and lecturers teaching honours classes are to take 18 periods a week. Since the colleges follow the informal principle of taking a class of one hour duration it was decided that a lecturer must take at least 18 periods a week.

Most of the posts which have been found surplus are in the subjects of science since over the years the number of takers for Science subjects has gone down followed by languages like Hindi and Punjabi. English language continues to hold its position of strength.


Bachelor of Education entrance results out
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 2 — Results of the entrance examination for Bachelor of Education courses for colleges in Punjab conducted by Panjab University this year were declared here today.

Copies of the result gazettes will be available at the enquiry counters on all working days, an official press release said.

The results have also been despatched to various examination centres. Results for Abohar centre will be available at DAV College of Education; for Amritsar at Khalsa College of Education and Sri Guru Harkrishan Senior Secondary School; Bathinda at DAV College; Chandigarh at PU enquiry counter, Arts Block I, Government College of Education, Sector 20 and Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36.

Results for Faridkot will be available at D.B.Pt Chetan Dev Government College of Education; Ferozepore at Dev Samaj College of Education; Gurdaspur at Government College; Hoshiarpur at Dev Samaj College of Education and SD College; Jalandhar at Government College of Education and MN College of Education.

Results for Ludhiana centre will be available at Panjab University Extension Library and Malwa Central College for Women (Education).

Results for Moga will be available at DM College of Education; Muktsar at Khalsa College of Education; Nawanshahr at DAV College of Education (women); Patiala at Government College of Education; Roop Nagar at Government College; Sangrur at GGS Public School; and Sidhwan Khurd at GHG Harprakash College of Education for Women.


Sodhi Ram's remand extended
From our correspondent

CHANDIGARH, Aug 2 — The special judge for the CBI cases-cum- Additional District and Sessions judge, Mr Lakhbir Singh, today extended the judicial remand of Mr Sodhi Ram and four other accused till August 5 in the case pertaining to the alleged leakage of question papers.

It may be recalled that five accused, including Anurag Gupta, Dhan Singh, Sukhwinder Singh and Ashwani Gupta, were arrested by the CBI for their alleged role in the leakage of question papers of B.Sc (III) honours stream of mathematics, Panjab University.Back


Financier told to return cheques, money
Tribune News Service

PANCHKULA, Aug 2 — The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has ordered Escorts Finance Limited, Chandigarh, to return all blank cheques in its possession issued by the complainant, Mr J.L. Jindal, a resident of the city. In addition, the forum has ordered the company to pay Rs 88750 deposited as security and Rs 70,000 for mental agony and accessories as well as Rs 2,000 towards the cost of proceedings.

The complaint submitted to them stated that a loan proposal of Rs 3.55 lakh was discussed with the company for the purchase of a Tata Sumo whereby, Mr Jindal was informed that he would be required to pay back Rs 3,98,390.

A few days later, an employee of the company received Rs 5000 from the complainant as processing charges besides getting a few documents signed and arranging Rs 1,07, 370 as margin money and the amount of one instalment along with 34 signed blank cheques.

It was further alleged that in December 1996, an official of the company came to his office and collected the cheque for Rs 1,03,370 and a few days later handed over a draft of Rs 3.55 lakh in favour of Metro Motors to purchase the Tata Sumo. The vehicle was delivered to him on December 14 at Karnal.

However, on October 6, 1997, the official allegedly returned with two muscle men and kidnapped the son of the complainant and managed to take away the vehicle from the complainant’s residence in Sector 7 in the city.

On being served with a notice, the company said that no margin money was charged and that it was normal practice to take advance instalments and security. They added that despite requests, the vehicle had not been registered. Also, the complaint of kidnapping after investigation was found to be baseless and they setup a counter claim of Rs 5 lakh.

The complainant, power, produced evidence by way of affidavits and documents which the company was unable to counter.

The Bench observed that the company had indulged in deficient services by snatching the vehicle from the complainant without prior notice, causing mental and physical harassment to the complainant.Back

Shopkeepers want shop allotment
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 2 —The Market Committee, Sector 52, has requested the municipal corporation to allot shops to the shopkeepers at cheaper rates in Sectors 52 and 53. They demanded that a school should be opened in the colony.

They also demanded that the cancellation orders for the plots in the area should be withdrawn. Back


Foreigners steal the show
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Aug 2 — Talent unlimited was unleashed this evening at Tagore Theatre. And that was not just local talent, but also the one which came from across the borders. As the Rotary Club Chandigarh Mid-Town's valedictory international evening went under way today, a lot of international harmony and goodwill were secured by way of cultural exchanges between the Indian and the foreign youth.

Foreign students from nine countries, Tibet, Bangladesh, Thailand, Iran, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Kazakhstan and Nigeria, described their respective nation and the culture to the people. The function, conceived primarily by the President of the club, Dr Vanita Gupta, was thrown open with a vandana by Neha Tayal, a B.Com (II) student of the S.D. College, who presented a thumri and won a great applause from the audience.

The show was taken further with a perfect blend of international and national cultural performances and a gripping compering by the past President of the club, Capt M.I. Kahlon. Earlier, Dr Vanita Gupta welcomed the chief guest, District Governor Ranjit Bhatia and acquainted the audience with the purpose of undertaking such a project.

As the foreigners took over the stage and displayed their talent, the gathering was left craving for more and more. The show progressed with flags of nine countries in the backdrop sending across a message of peace.

First came the representatives of the roof of the world, Tibet, with their scintillating performance on traditional Tibetan tunes which transformed the ambience and injected it with a strange freshness. Norbu and Lhaka Dolma later took their prize when they answered the question, what is the capital of Haryana? The most well-received part of the show was the interactive part where the first participants were quizzed and later the audience. There were prizes for the winners.

Bangladeshi student Mohammad Khaled chose to turn the tones nostalgic by presenting Rabindra sangeet. He sang Ammai proshno koro (the melodious Bangla number on which the legendary Anand song, Kahin door jab, was composed). He could also tide over the question posed by the organisers. He was accompanied by Mr Prashant Banerjee, president, Foreign Students Association, who is also a Bangladeshi.

Iran was later represented followed by a delectable dance performance by Ethiopian representatives, Abisir and Meru, who sent the entire hall clapping to their rhythm. Subsequent performances came from Uganda, Nigeria and Kenya.

In between the show, the organisers kept bringing the people back to roots with presentations on A.R. Rehman's Vande Mataram, and then an amazing dance performance by Rishabh and his fellow Rotaracts on two hot numbers, It happens only in India and Phir bhi dil hai Hindustani.

The evening reached its climax with both Indians and foreigners joining each other to present the king of Punjabi folk dances, bhangra.Back

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